Kim Thorsgaard Jensen

One of the classic tournaments in the European Bowling Tour, the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament, is back in the tour after one year’s absence.

The tournament was conducted on 15-22 April 2018 in a beautifully new and modern bowling centre in Tilburg, which were rebuild as a consequence of an unfortunate fire in the old centre.

The new centre in Tilburg, which is opened as Dolfijn | The Plays To Be, keeps 24 lanes, which is 4 lanes more than the previous centre had.

The tournament was well visited with 206 bowlers entering, playing 502 entries in total; a good beginning for the returning tournament, which as always were managed by Luc Jansen.

The format included a field of 40 athletes advancing into the final steps, of which 36 played 6 games starting from scratch, where after the remaining part of the format included pools of 4 athletes, each playing two games; 4 pools in step 2, 2 pools in step 3 and finally 1 pool of 4 players in the last step of the final.

The final pool of 4 athletes ended as follows:
Gaetan Mouveroux, France: 494 (238+256)
Dan Östergaard-Poulsen, Denmark: 490 (247+243)
Richard Teece, England: 406 (192+214)
Jeroen van Geel, The Netherlands: 390 (211+179)

Gaetan Mouveroux won his first tour title and he is also highest ranked in the men´s division for the first time in his career.

Cajsa Wegner from Sweden became the highest ranked women in a tour stop for the second time in her career, Cajsa left the tournament at the second final step.

Jenny Wegner from Sweden is leading the women’s division of the tour with 494 points in front of Ghislaine Sigter van der Tol from The Netherlands at position 2 with 370 points and Cherie Tan from Singapore is at position 3 with 335 points.

Anthony Simonsen from USA is leading the men’s division of the tour with 469 points in front of Jesper Svensson from Sweden at position 2 with 390 points and Rafiq Ismail from Malaysia at position 3 with 370.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The 21st edition of the Mediterranean Bowling Championships was concluded on Saturday 21 April in Rollhouse Bowling, situated in Ankara.

These regional championships, which are conducted annually, are open for member federations with a coast line of the Mediterranean See.

The 10 titles in the championships were distributed as follows:

4 titles in the women’s division
Singles: Lauriane Célié from France
Doubles: Elisa Primavera and Elga di Benedetto from Italy
All Events: Lauriane Célié from France
Masters: Amandine Jacques from France

4 titles in the men’s division
Singles: Justin Caruana Scicluna from Malta
Doubles: Roros Stamatios and Vasileios Stefopoulos from Greece
All Events: Roros Stamatios from Greece
Masters: Quentin Deroo from France

2 titles for mixed groups
Doubles: Martha Karatzoyla and Roros Stamatios from Greece
Team: Lauriane Célié, Amandine Jacques, Quentin Deroo and Thibaut Lanos from France

The following six matches, all bowled over two games total pin fall to count, concluded the championships in Ankara.

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 1:
394 (188+206): Amandine Jacques, France
355 (159+196): Elga di Benedetto, Italy

Women’s Masters, Semi Final 2:
379 (180+199): Lauriane Célié, France
433 (184+249): Sara Xuereb, Malta

Women’s Masters, Final:
412 (227+185): Amandine Jacques, France
367 (199+168): Sara Xuereb, Malta

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 1:
339 (178+161): Vasileios Stefopoulos, Greece
384 (197+187): Tolga Sismanogullar, Turkey

Men’s Masters, Semi Final 2:
494 (227+267): Quentin Deroo, France
347 (168+179): Ruben Orche, Spain

Men’s Masters, Final:
442 (256+186): Quentin Deroo, France
324 (141+183): Tolga Sismanogullar, Turkey

France became the best federation with 5 Gold, 3 Silver and 4 Bronze, Greece became the second best nation with 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze and Malta became the third best nation with 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze.

Click here to see the list of all medallists

Click here to see the completed list of results

Jari Ratia from Finland will replace Carsten W. Hansen from Denmark in the EBT Masters 2018. Carsten W. Hansen withdrew from the EBT Masters 2018 yesterday, on 16 April.

The EBT Masters 2018 will be conducted in Dolfijn | The Plays To Be in Tilburg, The Netherlands on 23 April 2018; following the conclusion of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018, which will be conducted on 15-22 April 2018 in the same centre.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men, by the conclusion of the European Bowling Tour 2017, are qualified for participation in the EBT Masters 2018. In cases of excuses, the next on the ranking lists are called.

The 8 athletes, competing in the women’s division, are as follows:
Position 1:    Jenny Wegner, Sweden

Position 2:    Ida Andersson, Sweden
Position 3:    Cajsa Wegner, Sweden
Position 5:    Maxime de Rooij, The Netherlands
Position 6:    Sanna Pasanen, Finland
Position 8:    Alida Molander, Sweden
Position 9:    Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden
Position 12:  Vanessa Timter, Germany

The 8 athletes, competing in the men’s division, are as follows:
Position 2:    Pontus Andersson, Sweden

Position 5:    Francois Louw, South Africa
Position 8:    Richard Teece, England
Position 9:    Markus Jansson, Sweden
Position 12:  Daniel Fransson, Sweden
Position 13:  Christopher Sloan, Ireland
Position 14:  Cameron Weier, USA
Position 15:  Jari Ratia, Finland

 

The organizer of Kegel Aalborg International have received more and more comments from bowlers, that a late May period of the tournament fits badly with the many taking a break in between seasons, especially in Northern Europe.

Following these comments, the number of athletes attending the tournament has dropped over the resent years, till a level that low in 2018, that it makes it impossible for the organizer to conduct the tournament.

An attempt to move the tournament to November in 2018 failed, because the national calendar, as a consequence of a World Championship at the end of the year, already is packed.

The organizer has therefore no other opportunity than cancelling the tournament in 2018. All fees to ETBF have been paid and the very few athletes having bought non-refundable flight tickets will be refunded.

The Kegel Aalborg International will be back in the European Bowling Tour 2019, with an expected conduction period in the first half of November 2019.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

 

The ETBF Presidium has decided to award the hosting rights of the European Champions Cup, both in 2020 and in 2021.

The ECC 2020 will be hosted by the Slovenian Bowling Federation on 19-25 October 2020 in Bowling Centre Gladiator Arena Play and Party in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The ECC 2021 will be hosted by the Czech Bowling Federation on 25 October to 1 November 2021 in Bowland Bowling Centre in Olomouc, Czech Republic.

In conjunction with the ECC 2021 in Olomouc, an ETBF Presidium meeting will be held, followed by the ETBF Congress 2021.

The European Youth Championships 2018 was the 31st of its kind and the 3rd EYC conducted in Lovvang Bowling Centre in Aalborg. The two previous EYC’s in Aalborg was conducted in 1978 and 2012.

66 girls and 90 boys took part in the championships in Aalborg, representing 28 different member federations in Europe.

The five titles in the Girls Division were distributed as follows:
Sweden won the Singles Event by Hanna Engberg
England won the Doubles Event by Isabel Allen and Sophie Thompson
England won the Team Event by Isabel Allen, Sophie Thompson, Elyse Giddens and Lucy Williams
Austria won the All Event by Jaqueline Witura
Denmark won the Masters Event by Mika Guldbäk

The five titles in the Boys Division were distributed as follows:
Sweden won the Singles Event by William Svensson
Finland won the Doubles event by Pyry Puharinen and Jesse Ahokas
Sweden won the Team Event by Lukas Sevelin, Oskar Wirefeldt, Adam Hultgren and William Svensson
Norway won the All Event by Georg Skryten
Sweden won the Masters Event by Oskar Wirefeldt

The matches of the Masters event was, in all 5 steps, played as best of three games matches.

The outcome of the last three matches in the Girls Division became as follows:

Girls Masters, Semi Final 1
Mika Guldbäk, Denmark vs. Bianca Broomer, The Netherlands
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 181-224-211 vs. 201-173-164

Girls Masters, Semi Final 2
Jaqueline Witura, Austria vs. Sara Xuereb, Malta
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 148-189-268 vs. 203-174-193

Girls Masters, Final
Mika Guldbäk, Denmark vs. Jaqueline Witura, Austria
Match: 2-0 / Scores: 212-231 vs. 206-199

Boys Masters, Semi Final 1
Lassi Aalto, Finland vs. William Svensson, Sweden
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 218-258-205 vs. 268-192-254

Boys Masters, Semi Final 2
Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden vs. Maxime Dubois, France
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 182-225-254 vs. 236-212-213

Boys Masters, Final
Oskar Wirefeldt, Sweden vs. Lassi Aalto, Finland
Match: 2-1 / Scores: 191-218-225 vs. 195-168-212

Sweden became the best federation with 4 Gold medals, 2 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals, while England became the second best federation with 2 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal.

Click here to see the list of all medallists

Click here to see the completed list of results

Dream-Bowl Palace broke the tour record with fantastic 1.197 entries in the 14th issue of Brunswick Euro Challenge, a record which seemed to be impossible to beat, but they did it again this year, where not less than 1.279 entries was bowled in the 15th issue of Brunswick Euro Challenge, which were concluded in Munich on 18 March 2018.

383 athletes from all corners of the World took part in the tournament, of which there were a lot of national team players and other top bowlers, forming a highly competitive field of athletes in Munich.

The format of the final day included a step 1 with 52 athletes, bowling 6 games from scratch, continuing with step 2 consisting of 28 athletes, including top 16 from step 1 and top 12 from the qualification, bowling another 6 games starting from scratch.

From step 2, 8 athletes continued into a 7 games round robin with the pin fall from step 2 carried forward.

The standing after step 3, including scores from 13 games and bonus points, were as follows:
1.
Anthony Simonsen, USA: 3408
2.
Jenny Wegner, Sweden: 3281
3.
Yannaphon Larp-Apharat, Thailand: 3271
4.
Stuart Williams, England: 3217
5.
Siti Safiyah, Malaysia: 3210
6.
Cherie Tan, Singapore: 3150
7.
David Simard, USA: 3119
8.
Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark: 3107

Finally top 3 concluded the tournaments with two stepladder matches as follows:
Match 1: Yannaphon Larp-Apharat vs. Jenny Wegner: 214 vs. 233
Match 2: Jenny Wegner vs. Anthony Simonsen: 219 vs. 213

Jenny Wegner won an EBT Title for the first time in her career and she became the highest ranked women for the 8th time. Anthony Simonsen became the highest ranked man for the second time in his career.

Jenny Wegner is leading the women’s division of the tour with 422 points, Cherie Tan from Singapore is at position 2 with 355 points and Bernice Lim from Singapore is at position 3 with 309 points.

Anthony Simonsen from USA is leading the men’s division of the tour with 469 points in front of Jesper Svensson from Sweden with 390 points at position 2 and Rafiq Ismail from Malaysia with 370 points at position 3.

Click here to see the ranking in the Women’s Division

Click here to see the ranking in the Men’s Division

The 11th edition of the EBT Masters, the EBT Masters 2018, will be conducted in then newly re-opened Dolfijn | The Plays To Be in Tilburg, The Netherlands on 23 April 2018.

The EBT Master 2018 is following the conclusion of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018, which will be conducted on 15-22 April 2018 in the same centre.

The 8 highest ranked women and the 8 highest ranked men, by the conclusion of the European Bowling Tour 2017, are qualified for participation in the EBT Masters 2018. In cases of excuses, the next on the ranking lists are called.

The 8 athletes, competing in the women’s division, are as follows:
Position 1:    Jenny Wegner, Sweden
Position 2:    Ida Andersson, Sweden
Position 3:    Cajsa Wegner, Sweden
Position 5:    Maxime de Rooij, The Netherlands
Position 6:    Sanna Pasanen, Finland
Position 8:    Alida Molander, Sweden
Position 9:    Joline Persson-Planefors, Sweden
Position 12:  Vanessa Timter, Germany

The 8 athletes, competing in the men’s division, are as follows:
Position 1:    Carsten W. Hansen, Denmark
Position 2:    Pontus Andersson, Sweden
Position 5:    Francois Louw, South Africa
Position 8:    Richard Teece, England
Position 9:    Markus Jansson, Sweden
Position 12:  Daniel Fransson, Sweden
Position 13:  Christopher Sloan, Ireland
Position 14:  Cameron Weier, USA

As a consequence of a sponsorship agreement, Stop 11 of the European Bowling Tour 2018 is changed from the Lucky Larsen Masters to the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters.

The tournament will unchanged be conducted on 25 August to 9 September 2018 in Baltiska Bowlinghallen, situated in Malmoe – Sweden.

The organizer also announces changes in the format as follows:

The number of qualified athletes to final steps has been increased from 44 to 60.

The Desperado Squad has been exchanged by a triple Turbo Competition with one athlete, not qualified in any other way to the final steps, from each of the games 4, 5 or 6. All qualification squads are included, free of charge, in the three Turbo Competitions.

Athletes positioned 1-8 in the general standing are qualified directly for the final step 3, athletes positioned 9-33 directly for the final step 2, while 27 athletes are starting in step 1.

27 athletes are playing 4 games in step 1, starting from scratch. Top 11 continues.

36 athletes are playing 4 games in step 2, starting from scratch. Top 16 continues.

24 athletes are playing 8 games in step 3, starting from scratch. Top 4 continues.

The tournament is unchanged concluded by a 4 person’s stepladder final, playing three one game matches.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.

The organizer of Stop 07 in the EBT 2018, the VI Brunswick Madrid Challenge, has announced the period of the tournament to be shortened by one day.

The tournament, which is conducted in Bowling Charmatin, will be conducted in the period of 1-8 July instead of 30 June – 8 July.

The organizer also announces a change in the format as follows:

48 athletes will qualify to the final steps, of which the 16 highest ranked from the general qualification will qualify directly to Step 2 of the final.

32 athletes will play 6 games in the final step 1, starting from scratch.

Top 16 from the qualification will be joined by Top 16 from the final step 1. The 32 athletes will bowl best of 3 games matches in 3 elimination rounds in the final step 2, 3 and 4, which will reduce the number of athletes to 4.

The tournament is concluded with two one game semi-finals and a one game final in step 5-6.

Click here to see the EBT 2018 Calendar.